Courage

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts- Sir Winston Churchill

I have to admit, the last eight years have been some of the toughest years I have been through.  It’s been an emotional and financial rollercoaster ride that quite frankly, I’m ready to jump off of!  I’ve often thought: “Undo the harness and let me off this thing so I can put my feet on solid ground.”

We are talking about the death of a loved one, divorce, singleness, financial struggle, teenager “issues”  and a myriad of just normal every day struggles.  But somehow I try my best each day to see the good in something, even if it a little victory.  It counts, and it gives me hope to keep carrying on.  If I let those feelings of discouragement plague me, then I fail and somehow the enemy has won and I can’t stand that feeling.

There are many days that I have let fear keep my feet planted in quicksand, forever striving, knowing what I need to do, but I somehow let that fear keep a hold of me and I can’t move forward.  I feel like I’m not on solid ground.  I’m just trudging along, living a life of redundancy.  I’m not following the call that I feel God has put on me because I feel afraid.  I feel like life always knocks me down just as I get going.

Joyce Meyer has a great acronym for F.E.A.R- False Evidence Appearing Real. I love that.  We tell ourselves all kinds of things that keep us from Gods best for our lives.  “I’m not smart enough.”  “Nobody really loves me.”  “I can’t do this.”  “My life sucks.”  “Things will never get better.”  You know the lines we tell ourselves, we all have them.  The problem is that we have to recognize them as they happen and take a hold of them and replace them with God’s truths.  What does He say about us?

We say “I can’t do this.”

He says: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me– Philippians 4:13

We say “My life sucks.” (just being real here)

He says: For I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not for evil, plans to give you a hope  and a future– Jeremiah 29:11

We say: “I feel so alone.”

He says: I will never leave you or forsake you – Hebrews 13:5

I know these things are true. I know I have failed in many things but those failures do not define who I am as a person.  I do get down, many days, but I refuse to be out, so I just keep pressing on. Maybe someday soon I will step out of the quick sand and onto the solid ground of His Word. I know that I need to believe it with all my heart and to have, as a friend once told me, “Crazy Faith.”   It’s the kind of faith that gives us the courage to do it even if we are afraid.

I want that….do you?

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